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InDesign FX: How to create a Polaroid picture effect. By Mike Rankin | Thursday, November 10, 2011 Say cheese!

InDesign FX: How to create a Polaroid picture effect

In this week’s video I show how to make a photo look like it was taken with a Polaroid instant camera. The key to the effect is using Directional Feather to create an unequal stroke around the photo, where the bottom stroke is much thicker than the stroke on the top and sides. This is not only a fun exercise, but it’s also useful for learning about two important (and somewhat obscure) Effects dialog box settings: Choke, and Shadow Honors Other Effects. The Polaroid effect is also useful for illustrating how your scaling preferences affect your effects. Apply to Content essentially tells InDesign “don’t scale FX.” After you get the hang of the Polaroid effect, you can try this bonus technique (not shown in the video).

For lynda.com members, I have another new video this week focused on creating metallic strokes, like the ones you see below. See you here again in two weeks with another InDesign effect. Interested in more? Give Your Photos a Fast and Simple Instagram Effect. We all know how much fun Instagram can be.

Give Your Photos a Fast and Simple Instagram Effect

Adding some really stunning effects to your smartphone images in the click of a button is great. But adding them in Photoshop can also be fast and simple, if you know the right moves. Lets take a quick look at how to accomplish an easy “Instagram Look” in just a few steps. Step 1 – A Good Photo Start with a good photo. For my little tutorial here, I found this great photo by linh.ngan. Step 4 – Square is the New Landscape Part of the appeal of Instagram, in my opinion, is the square cropping. Here is the photo cropped using the Crop Tool (C). Step 3 - A Little Cross Processing A little goes a long way here, so don’t overdue your cross processing. To add the cross processed look, I created a Curves adjustment layer over my photo.

I used the following settings for my Curves adjustment. Here’s a look at the photo with these adjustments. Step 4 – A Must-Have Vignette What’s a vintagey Instagram look without a nice vignette? Remove Complex Backgrounds from Images in Photoshop. While tools like the Magic Eraser can sometimes remove your backgrounds, the fact is you’re going to have to get your hands dirty with the eraser if you have images with complex backgrounds that need removing.

Remove Complex Backgrounds from Images in Photoshop

While this can be time consuming, you can save yourself a lot of time with a little Photoshop wizardry. Let’s take a look. Right click your Background Layer in your Layers Palette, and choose “Layer from Background…” It automatically renames as Layer 0. Simply press OK. Your Layers Palette should only have a single layer, your newly unlocked “Layer 0.” Press. Photo Manipulation Tutorials: How to Remove Background from an Image in Photoshop. How to Quickly and Easily Remove a Background in Photoshop. This article was written in 2009 and remains one of our most popular posts.

How to Quickly and Easily Remove a Background in Photoshop

If you’re keen to learn more about web design techniques, you may find this recent article on lorempixel of great interest. If you want to remove a background from an image you’re working on, there are many ways to do this using Photoshop. You could select the object you’re interested in, copy and paste it to a new layer. Another way to do it is to use the Background Eraser tool.

This tool samples the color at the center of the brush and then deletes pixels of a similar color as you “paint.” 1. 2. 3. Again, on the tool options bar, set the Sampling to Continuous, the limits to Find Edges and the Tolerance to a low number of about 25 20%. Photoshop Background Eraser Tutorial.

Written by Steve Patterson.

Photoshop Background Eraser Tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial, we look at the Background Eraser Tool and how we can use it to easily remove background areas of an image. The Background Eraser is especially useful with photos that contain lots of fine detail along the edges between the foreground and background, like, for example, if you want to erase the sky in an image without first having to select all of the trees below it. Don't let the name fool you, though. The Background Eraser really has nothing to do with erasing backgrounds, since Photoshop has no way of knowing what's considered the background in a photo and what isn't. It can just as easily be used to erase any part of an image, and that's because the Background Eraser is really a color eraser. The Background Eraser is, without a doubt, one of the best tools in Photoshop for removing unwanted areas of a photo, but it's not perfect and it does have one serious drawback.